TITLE: Journal of A Spartan AUTHOR: Volund Statfire GENRE: Halo CHARACTERS: Jason-078 (main), Christy-081, Gary-150, other Halo characters SUMMARY: This is the journal of a member of the SPARTAN-II Program from initial selection to the Battle of Reach. DISCLAIMER: Bungee owns Halo. ---------- LOADING JOURNAL PROGRAM… SUBJECT: JASON-078 DATE OF BIRTH: OCTOBER 30, 2510 PREVIOUS ENTRIES DELETED… AUTHORIZATION CODE: HALSEY-ORION-ONE DR. HALSEY’S NOTE: Jason was conscripted into the program wearing a personal journal bracelet. Against the wishes of CPO Mendez, I am allowing him to keep this item. All logs will be filed directly with Dejá for use with Program Notes. ---------- 1523 hours, September 1, 2517 (Military Calendar) / Sol Star System, Earth, Portland Something strange happened today while I was at school. We were in free study time and I was playing chess against the AI again. I was trying to be fair and let the AI have a better chance to beat me. I never looked at the board, trying to see where all the pieces were in my head. It was fun, especially since I wasn’t allowed outside because of Tommy’s broken arm. I didn’t mean to break it. We were racing to the top of the jungle gym and I got there first. Tommy tried to push me down. I only grabbed his wrist to stop from falling. We both ended up falling, but I caught my knees on a bar. Rather than let go, I kept ahold of his arm and he hit the bars really hard. It was completely an accident. But, it still got me kept inside. Anyway, while I was playing chess, I heard the AI go fuzzy. I looked down and the board had shut off. I pushed the AI call button, but it wouldn’t come back. That’s when I saw the lady walking up to the table. Behind her there was a man holding something that looked like the makeup thing mom has. She walked up and crouched down next to me. She was pretty, but she was looking at me kind of funny. She was wearing a skirt and hat, but there were no other adults in the room but the man. I knew that was weird because of the school rules. She asked me how I could play chess without looking at the board. It was strange, but I told her that I could picture where all the pieces were in my head. She asked why I did it like that. I told her it was because I won too much against the AI if I didn’t. She didn’t believe me, just like the teachers don’t. I told her that I didn’t care if she believed me or not. She smiled and reached into her purse. She pulled out a disk of some kind. It was flat and silver. She called it a coin and said something about it being some kind of currency. She wanted to play a game with me and told me that I could get the coin if I won. I didn’t want the coin, but I decided to play anyway. She told me to tell her where it would land and flipped it into the air. I watched it for a moment and told her that it would land on White King’s Bishop 3 and stop moving on Black Queen’s Castle 2. It did and she smiles and laughed a little. She told me that I did it wrong, even though I was right. She wanted to know what side it would land on. She flipped it in the air again and I watched it and told her on the bird side, landing on Black Queen’s square and rolling to the White Queen’s Knight square. It did. She looked impressed with that. She thanked me and stood to leave. As she walked away, I called out to her. She forgot her coin. She said that I could keep it. I told her that it was hers and I didn’t do anything to earn it. She smiled at me and told me that I would. Then she turned and left. I don’t know what she meant by that, but the class was about to begin and I didn’t want to run after her. It was funny, just after she left the AI came back online and said he was experiencing some interference. He set the board back up the way we left it. I wasn’t really interested in the game anymore so I beat the AI in six or seven more moves. Class began again and I put the coin in my pocket.